Nina is opening new window in her flat
Dear Friends and Supporters!
Summer is a nice time of rest and vacations for most of us. We enjoy our summer days visiting our parents, grand parents, friends, relatives or take an interesting tour to other countries.
This summer was quite different for 2 young girls from Sure Start project we are implementing with your support. They had to deal with rennovation of their future accommodation. Partnership for Every Child has supported Alina* and Nina* in this difficult task.
Nina is 19 years old and lives in the city of Bila Tserkva (Kyiv oblast, Ukraine). She was born a happy child and lived with her family until she was 14 and was placed in child care institution. Her father died before and her mother could not cope and started to live antisocial life. Soon after being placed in institution her older brother and mother also died. When Nina was 16 she was taken under care by her aunt. This was very good news for her, but life made its joke - her aunt just used her and took over part of her property - a flat which belonged to Nina. Her aunt has also rented out the flat and it was almost destroyed when Nina came back from institution.
Nina has applied to centre of social services for support when she was just over 18. And then she was included in the project. Social worker with involvement of the young girl conducted needs assessment and developed after care plan. One of the issue was of course accommodation which needed total renovation.
In May 2012 Nina has started to implement her plan for renovation of the flat. With the assistance of social workers and other volunteers she has developed a plan and budget for renovation. During summer 2-room apartment was cleaned, contribution was made to re-establish electricity system, water supply system, installing new windows and doors. The next steps would be to make all the walls, ceiling, flooring and to renovate bathroom.
Despite of difficulties in getting necessary funds and a huge amount of work the girl is doing herself Nina is very optimistic in talking about her experience:
"My social worker is my blessing - together with her I managed to overcome all difficulties. This person made me believe in my better and bright future" :)
Alina is 20 years old and she left child care institution in Vyshgorodkyy rayon (Kyiv oblast, Ukraine). She gave a birth to her lovely son soon after leaving care. She lived in the house which belonged to her grandfather together with her husband and uncle. A fire accident has totally destroyed a house in March this year when Alina was pregnant with the second baby.
Social worker of Sure Start project has supported Alina and her family after this event. They were provided with all necessary humanitarian assistance immediately as well as temporary housing. Social worker has also provided assistance in all legal issues in order to legalise the property rights for the land for Alina.
Family has decided to build a new house to replace the burned ones. Local government has supported Alina's family and partly funded the building works. Alina has also applied to Sure Start project and we have supported her with some funds for roofing. Members of village community are also actively helping this young family as the most important is to keep family together and to eliminate any possible risk for children to be separated from their family.
All the renovation works are underway and we would be very thankful for your support for the project to continue our valuable support to young people in care and those leaving care.
Very soon - at the end of September - we will welcome new group of children in our Sure Start project who will be supported throughout a year to be ready for independent life.
Thank You for Support!
* due to ethical reasons and policy names of beneficiaries are changed in this story.
This is what Nina has seen entering her flat
Discussing renovation plan with social worker
Alina's future house is growing up